What are the Dianetics Axioms?
L. Ron Hubbard discovered that man obeys very definite laws and rules which can be set forward in axioms. The very first and most fundamental of these axioms and the basic axiom of Dianetics is: The dynamic principle of existence is survive.
The Dianetic Axioms were put together in the fall of 1951 after careful examination over a long period of time. These 194 Dianetic Axioms contain a codification of the factors underlying all mental aberration.
The source of life is a static of peculiar and particular properties.
At least a portion of the static called life is impinged upon the physical universe.
That portion of the static of life which is impinged upon the physical universe has for its dynamic goal, survival and only survival.
The physical universe is reducible to motion of energy operating in space through time.
That portion of the static of life concerned with the life organisms of the physical universe is concerned wholly with motion.
The life static has as one of its properties the ability to mobilize and animate matter into living organisms.
The life static is engaged in a conquest of the physical universe.
The life static conquers the material universe by learning and applying the physical laws of the physical universe. SYMBOL: The symbol for the LIFE STATIC in use hereafter is the Greek letter THETA.
A fundamental operation of THETA in surviving is bringing order into the chaos of the physical universe.
THETA brings order into chaos by conquering whatever in MEST may be prosurvival and destroying whatever in MEST may be contrasurvival, at least through the medium of life organisms.
SYMBOL: The symbol for the PHYSICAL UNIVERSE in use hereafter is MEST, from the first letters of the words MATTER, ENERGY, SPACE and TIME, or the Greek letter PHI.
A life organism is composed of matter and energy in space and time, animated by THETA.
SYMBOL: Living organism or organisms will hereafter be represented by the Greek letter LAMBDA.
The MEST part of the organism follows the laws of the physical sciences. All LAMBDA is concerned with motion.
THETA operating through LAMBDA converts the forces of the physical universe into forces to conquer the physical universe.
THETA working upon physical universe motion must maintain a harmonious rate of motion. The limits of LAMBDA are narrow, both as to thermal and mechanical motion.
LAMBDA is the intermediate step in the conquest of the physical universe.
The basic food of any organism consists of light and chemicals.
Organisms can exist only as higher levels of complexities because lower levels of converters exist.
THETA evolves organisms from lower to higher forms and supports them by the existence of lower converter forms.
THETA, via LAMBDA, effects an evolution of MEST.
In this we have the waste products of organisms on the one hand as those very complex chemicals which bacteria make and, on the other hand, we have the physical face of the Earth being changed by animals and men, such changes as grass holding mountains from eroding or roots causing boulders to break, buildings being built and rivers being dammed. There is obviously an evolution in MEST in progress under the incursion of THETA.
LAMBDA, even within a species, varies in its endowment of THETA.
The effort of LAMBDA is toward survival.
The goal of LAMBDA is survival.
The penalty of failure to advance toward that goal is to succumb.
DEFINITION: Persistence is the ability to exert continuance of effort toward survival goals.
LAMBDA creates, conserves, maintains, requires, destroys, changes, occupies, groups and disperses MEST.
LAMBDA survives by animating and mobilizing or destroying matter and energy in space and time.
LAMBDA is dependent upon optimum motion. Motion which is too swift and motion which is too slow are equally contrasurvival.
THETA and thought are similar orders of static.
All thought is concerned with motion.
The establishment of an optimum motion is a basic goal of reason.
DEFINITION: LAMBDA is a chemical heat engine existing in space and time motivated by the life static and directed by thought.
The basic purpose of reason is the calculation or estimation of effort.
Thought is accomplished by THETA FACSIMILES of physical universe, entities or actions.
THETA is satisfied only with harmonious action or optimum motion and rejects or destroys action or motion above or below its tolerance band.
The mind is concerned wholly with the estimation of effort.
DEFINITION: Mind is the THETA command post of any organism or organisms.
The basic errors of reason are failure to differentiate amongst matter, energy, space and time.
Rightness is proper calculation of effort.
Wrongness is always miscalculation of effort.
THETA can exert itself directly or extensionally.
THETA can direct physical application of the organism to the environment or, through the mind, can first calculate the action or extend, as in language, ideas.
Conclusions are directed toward the inhibition, maintenance or accelerations of efforts.
The common denominator of all life organisms is motion.
Effort of an organism to survive or succumb is physical motion of a life organism at a given moment in time through space.
DEFINITION: Motion is any change in orientation in space.
DEFINITION: Force is random effort.
DEFINITION: Effort is directed force.
An organism’s effort can be to remain at rest or persist in a given motion.
Static state has position in time, but an organism which is remaining positionally in a static state, if alive, is still continuing a highly complex pattern of motion, such as the heartbeat, digestion, etc.
The efforts of organisms to survive or succumb are assisted, compelled or opposed by the efforts of other organisms, matter, energy, space and time.
DEFINITION: Attention is a motion which must remain at an optimum effort.
Attention is aberrated by becoming unfixed and sweeping at random or becoming too fixed without sweeping.
Unknown threats to survival when sensed cause attention to sweep without fixing.
Known threats to survival when sensed cause attention to fix.
The ultimate goal of LAMBDA is infinite survival.
Death is abandonment by THETA of a life organism or race or species where these can no longer serve THETA in its goals of infinite survival.
The reward of an organism engaging upon survival activity is pleasure.
The penalty of an organism failing to engage upon survival activity, or engaging in nonsurvival activity, is pain.
The cell and virus are the primary building blocks of life organisms.
The virus and cell are matter and energy animated and motivated in space and time by THETA.
THETA mobilizes the virus and cell in colonial aggregations to increase potential motion and accomplish effort.
The goal of viruses and cells is survival in space through time.
The total mission of higher organisms, viruses and cells is the same as that of the virus and cell.
Colonial aggregations of viruses and cells can be imbued with more THETA than they inherently contained. Life energy joins any group, whether a group of organisms or group of cells composing an organism. Here we have personal entity, individuation, etc.
Effort can be accomplished by LAMBDA only through the coordination of its parts toward goals.
An organism is equipped to be governed and controlled by a mind.
The purpose of the mind is to pose and resolve problems relating to survival and to direct the effort of the organism according to these solutions.
All problems are posed and resolved through estimations of effort.
The mind can confuse position in space with position in time. (Counter-efforts producing action phrases.)
An organism proceeding toward survival is directed by the mind of that organism in the accomplishment of survival effort.
An organism proceeding toward succumb is directed by the mind of that organism in the accomplishment of death.
Survival of an organism is accomplished by the overcoming of efforts opposing its survival. (Note: Corollary for other dynamics.) DEFINITION: Dynamic is the ability to translate solutions into action.
Survival effort for an organism includes the dynamic thrust by that organism for the survival of itself, its procreation, its group, its subspecies, its species, all life organisms, material universe, the life static and, possibly, a Supreme Being. (Note: List of dynamics.)
The cycle of an organism, a group of organisms or a species is inception, growth, re-creation, decay and death.
The effort of an organism is directed toward the control of the environment for all the dynamics.
Control of an environment is accomplished by the support of prosurvival factors along any dynamic.
Any type of higher organism is accomplished by the evolution of viruses and cells into forms capable of better efforts to control or live in an environment.
The usefulness of an organism is determined by its ability to control the environment or to support organisms which control the environment.
An organism is rejected by THETA to the degree that it fails in its goals.
Higher organisms can exist only in the degree that they are supported by the lower organisms.
The usefulness of an organism is determined by the alignment of its efforts toward survival.
The mind perceives and stores all data of the environment and aligns or fails to align these according to the time they were perceived.
DEFINITION: A conclusion is the THETA FACSIMILES of a group of combined data.
DEFINITION: A datum is a THETA FACSIMILE of physical action.
The process of thought is the perception of the present and the comparison of it to the perceptions and conclusions of the past in order to direct action in the immediate or distant future.
COROLLARY: The attempt of thought is to perceive realities of the past and present in order to predict or postulate realities of the future.
The process by which life effects its conquest of the material universe consists in the conversion of the potential effort of matter and energy in space and through time to effect with it the conversion of further matter and energy in space and through time.
THETA contains its own THETA UNIVERSE effort which translates into MEST effort.
The single arbitrary in any organism is time.
Physical universe perceptions and efforts are received by an organism as force waves, convert by facsimile into THETA and are thus stored.
DEFINITION: Randomity is the misalignment through the internal or external efforts by other forms of life or the material universe of the efforts of an organism, and is imposed on the physical organism by counter-efforts in the environment.
Any cycle of any life organism is from static to motion to static.
The cycle of randomity is from static, through optimum, through randomity sufficiently repetitious or similar to constitute another static.
There are two subdivisions to randomity: data randomity and force randomity.
The three degrees of randomity consist of minus randomity, optimum randomity and plus randomity. DEFINITION: Randomity is a component factor and necessary part of motion, if motion is to continue.
Optimum randomity is necessary to learning.
The important factors in any area of randomity are effort and counter-effort. (Note: As distinguished from near perceptions of effort.)
Randomity amongst organisms is vital to continuous survival of all organisms.
THETA affects the organism, other organisms and the physical universe by translating THETA FACSIMILES into physical efforts or randomity of efforts.
DEFINITION: The degree of randomity is measured by the randomness of effort vectors within the organism, amongst organisms, amongst races or species of organisms or between organisms and the physical universe.
Randomity becomes intense in indirect ratio to the time in which it takes place, modified by the total effort in the area.
Initial randomity can be reinforced by randomities of greater or lesser magnitude.
Areas of randomity exist in chains of similarity plotted against time. This can be true of words and actions contained in randomities. Each may have its own chain plotted against time.
Sanity consists of optimum randomity.
Aberration exists to the degree that plus or minus randomity exists in the environment or past data of an organism, group or species, modified by the endowed self-determinism of that organism, group or species.
The self-determinism of an organism is determined by its THETA endowment, modified by minus or plus randomity in its environment or its existence.
The self-determinism of an organism is increased by optimum randomity of counter-efforts.
The self-determinism of an organism is reduced by plus or minus randomity of counter-efforts in the environment.
Randomity contains both the randomness of efforts and the volume of efforts. (Note: An area of randomity can have a great deal of confusion, but without volume of energy, the confusion itself is negligible.)
That counter-effort is most acceptable to an organism which most closely appears to assist its accomplishment of its goal.
An area of severe plus or minus randomity can occlude data on any of the subjects of that plus or minus randomity which took place in a prior time. (Note: Shut-off mechanisms of earlier lives, perceptics, specific incidents, etc.)
Restimulation of plus, minus or optimum randomity can produce increased plus, minus or optimum randomity respectively in the organism.
An area of randomity can assume sufficient magnitude so as to appear to the organism as pain, according to its goals.
Past randomity can impose itself upon the present organism as THETA FACSIMILES.
The engram is a severe area of plus or minus randomity of sufficient volume to cause unconsciousness.
Unconsciousness is an excess of randomity imposed by a counter-effort of sufficient force to cloud the awareness and direct function of the organism through the mind’s control center.
Any counter-effort which misaligns the organism’s command of itself or its environment establishes plus or minus randomity or, if of sufficient magnitude, is an engram.
Past engrams are restimulated by the control center’s perception of circumstances similar to that engram in the present environment.
An engram is a THETA FACSIMILE of atoms and molecules in misalignment.
Engrams fix emotional response as that emotional response of the organism during the receipt of the counter-effort.
Free emotional response depends on optimum randomity. It depends upon absence of or nonrestimulation of engrams.
THETA FACSIMILES can recombine into new symbols.
Language is the symbolization of effort.
Language depends for its force upon the force which accompanied its definition. (Note: Counter-effort, not language, is aberrative.)
The environment can occlude the central control of any organism and assume control of the motor controls of that organism. (Engram, restimulation, locks, hypnotism.)
Intelligence depends on the ability to select aligned or misaligned data from an area of randomity and so discover a solution to reduce all randomity in that area.
Persistence obtains in the ability of the mind to put solutions into physical action toward the realization of goals.
An unknown datum can produce data of plus or minus randomity.
The introduction of an arbitrary factor or force without recourse to natural laws of the body or the area into which the arbitrary is introduced brings about plus or minus randomity.
Data of plus or minus randomity depends for its confusion on former plus or minus randomity or absent data.
Efforts which are inhibited or compelled by exterior efforts effect a plus or minus randomity of efforts.
Behavior is modified by counter-efforts which have impinged on the organism.
The component parts of THETA are affinity, reality and communication.
Self-determinism consists of maximal affinity, reality and communication.
Affinity is the cohesion of THETA.
Affinity manifests itself as the recognition of similarity of efforts and goals amongst organisms by those organisms.
Reality is the agreement upon perceptions and data in the physical universe.
All that we can be sure is real is that on which we have agreed is real. Agreement is the essence of reality.
Communication is the interchange of perception through the material universe between organisms or the perception of the material universe by sense channels.
Self-determinism is the THETA control of the organism.
A self-determined effort is that counter-effort which has been received into the organism in the past and integrated into the organism for its conscious use.
The components of self-determinism are affinity, communication and reality. Self-determinism is manifested along each dynamic.
An organism cannot become aberrated unless it has agreed upon that aberration, has been in communication with a source of aberration and has had affinity for the aberrator.
Agreement with any source, contra- or prosurvival, postulates a new reality for the organism.
Nonsurvival courses, thoughts and actions require non-optimum effort.
Every thought has been preceded by physical action.
The mind does with thought as it has done with entities in the physical universe.
All effort concerned with pain is concerned with loss.
Organisms hold pain and engrams to them as a latent effort to prevent loss of some portion of the organism. All loss is a loss of motion.
The amount of counter-effort the organism can overcome is proportional to the THETA endowment of the organism, modified by the physique of that organism.
Excessive counter-effort to the effort of a life organism produces unconsciousness.
COROLLARY: Unconsciousness gives the suppression of an organism’s control center by counter-effort.
DEFINITION: The control center of the organism can be defined as the contact point between THETA and the physical universe and is that center which is aware of being aware and which has charge of and responsibility for the organism along all its dynamics.
Perceptions are always received in the control center of an organism whether the control center is in control of the organism at the time or not.
This is an explanation for the assumption of valences.
All perceptions reaching the organism’s sense channels are recorded and stored by THETA FACSIMILE.
DEFINITION: Perception is the process of recording data from the physical universe and storing it as a THETA FACSIMILE.
DEFINITION: Recall is the process of regaining perceptions.
Any organism can recall everything which it has perceived.
An organism displaced by plus or minus randomity is thereafter remote from the perception recording center. Increased remoteness brings about occlusions of perceptions. One can perceive things in present time and then, because they are being recorded after they passed THETA perception of the awareness unit, they are recorded but cannot be recalled.
THETA FACSIMILES of counter effort are all that interpose between the control center and its recalls.
Any counter-effort received into a control center is always accompanied by all perceptics.
The random counter-efforts to an organism and the intermingled perceptions in the randomity can reexert that force upon an organism when restimulated.
DEFINITION: Restimulation is the reactivation of a past counter-effort by appearance in the organism’s environment of a similarity toward the content of the past randomity area.
Self-determinism alone brings about the mechanism of restimulation.
A reactivated area of the past randomity impinges the effort and the perceptions upon the organism.
Activation of a randomity area is accomplished first by the perceptions, then by the pain, finally by the effort.
The mind is plastically capable of recording all efforts and counter-efforts.
A counter-effort accompanied by sufficient (enrandomed) force impresses the facsimile of the counter-effort personality into the mind of an organism.
Aberration is the degree of residual plus or minus randomity accumulated by compelling, inhibiting or unwarranted assisting of efforts on the part of other organisms or the physical (material) universe.
Aberration is caused by what is done to the individual, not what the individual does, plus his self-determinism about what has been done to him.
Aberrated behavior consists of destructive effort toward prosurvival data or entities on any dynamic, or effort toward the survival of contrasurvival data or entities for any dynamic.
A valence is a facsimile personality made capable of force by the counter-effort of the moment of receipt into the plus or minus randomity of unconsciousness.
Valences are assistive, compulsive or inhibitive to the organism. A control center is not a valence.
A control center effort is aligned toward a goal through definite space as a recognized incident in time.
An organism is as healthy and sane as it is self-determined.
The environmental control of the organism motor controls inhibits the organism’s ability to change with the changing environment, since the organism will attempt to carry forward with one set of responses when it needs by self-determinism to create another to survive in another environment.
All learning is accomplished by random effort.
A counter-effort producing sufficient plus or minus randomity to record is recorded with an index of space and time as hidden as the remainder of its content.
A counter-effort producing sufficient plus or minus randomity when activated by restimulation exerts itself against the environment or the organism without regard to space and time, except reactivated perceptions.
Counter-efforts are directed out from the organism until they are further enrandomed by the environ at which time they again activate against the control center.
An organism’s mind employs counter-efforts effectively only so long as insufficient plus or minus randomity exists to hide differentiation of the facsimiles created.
Physical laws are learned by life energy only by impingement of the physical universe producing randomity, and a withdrawal from that impingement.
Life depends upon an alignment of force vectors in the direction of survival and the nullification of force vectors in the direction of succumb in order to survive.
COROLLARY: Life depends upon an alignment of force vectors in the direction of succumb and the nullification of force vectors in the direction of survive in order to succumb.
Any area of randomity gathers to it situations similar to it which do not contain actual efforts but only perceptions.
Whether an organism has the goal of surviving or succumbing depends upon the amount of plus or minus randomity it has reactivated. (Not residual.)
Survival is accomplished only by motion.
In the physical universe the absence of motion is vanishment.
Death is the equivalent to life of total lack of life-motivated motion.
Acquisition of prosurvival matter and energy or organisms in space and time means increased motion.
Loss of prosurvival matter and energy or organisms in space and time means decreased motion.
Acquisition or proximity of matter, energy or organisms which assist the survival of an organism increase the survival potentials of an organism.
Acquisition or proximity of matter, energy or organisms which inhibit the survival of an organism decrease its survival potential.
Gain of survival energy, matter or organisms increases the freedom of an organism.
Receipt or proximity of nonsurvival energy, matter or time decreases the freedom of motion of an organism.
The control center attempts the halting or lengthening of time, the expansion or contraction of space and the decrease or increase of energy and matter.
This is a primary source of invalidation, and it is also a primary source of aberration.
Pain is the balk of effort by counter-effort in great intensity, whether that effort is to remain at rest or in motion.
Perception, including pain, can be exhausted from an area of plus or minus randomity, still leaving the effort and counter-effort of that plus or minus randomity.
The rationality of the mind depends upon an optimum reaction toward time.
DEFINITION: Sanity, the computation of futures.
DEFINITION: Neurotic, the computation of present time only.
DEFINITION: Psychotic, computation only of past situations.
Survival pertains only to the future.
COROLLARY: Succumb pertains only to the present and past.
An individual is as happy as he can perceive survival potentials in the future.
As the needs of any organism are met it rises higher and higher in its efforts along the dynamics.
An organism which achieves ARC with itself can better achieve ARC with sex in the future; having achieved this it can achieve ARC with groups; having achieved this, it can achieve ARC with mankind, etc.
Affinity, reality and communication coexist in an inextricable relationship.
The coexistent relationship between affinity, reality and communication is such that none can be increased without increasing the other two and none can be decreased without decreasing the other two.
Any aesthetic product is a symbolic facsimile or combination of facsimiles of theta or physical universes in varied randomities and volumes of randomities with the interplay of tones.
An aesthetic product is an interpretation of the universes by an individual or group mind.
Delusion is the postulation by the imagination of occurrences in areas of plus or minus randomity.
Dreams are the imaginative reconstruction of areas of randomity or the resymbolization of the efforts of theta.
A motion is created by the degree of optimum randomity introduced by the counter-effort to an organism’s effort.
MEST which has been mobilized by life forms is in more affinity with life organisms than nonmobilized MEST.
All past perception, conclusion and existence moments, including those of plus or minus randomity, are recoverable to the control center of the organism.
The ability to produce survival effort on the part of an organism is affected by the degrees of randomity existing in its past. (This includes learning.)
Areas of past plus or minus randomity can be readdressed by the control center of an organism and the plus or minus randomity exhausted.
The exhaustion of past plus or minus randomities permits the control center of an organism to effect its own efforts toward survival goals.
The exhaustion of self-determined effort from a past area of plus or minus randomity nullifies the effectiveness of that area.
Pain is the randomity produced by sudden or strong counter-efforts.
Pain is stored as plus or minus randomity.
Pain, as an area of plus or minus randomity, can reinflict itself upon the organism.
Past pain becomes ineffective upon the organism when the randomity of its area is addressed and aligned.
The earlier the area of plus or minus randomity, the greater self-produced effort existed to repel it.
Later areas of plus or minus randomity cannot be realigned easily until earlier areas are realigned.
Areas of plus or minus randomity become increased in activity when perceptions of similarity are introduced into them.
Past areas of plus or minus randomity can be reduced and aligned by address to them in present time.
Absolute good and absolute evil do not exist in the MEST universe.
That which is good for an organism may be defined as that which promotes the survival of that organism.
COROLLARY: Evil may be defined as that which inhibits or brings plus or minus randomity into the organism, which is contrary to the survival motives of the organism.
Happiness consists in the act of bringing alignment into hitherto resisting plus or minus randomity. Neither the act or action of attaining survival, nor the accomplishment of this act itself, brings about happiness.
Construction is an alignment of data.
COROLLARY: Destruction is a plus or minus randomity of data. The effort of constructing is the alignment toward the survival of the aligning organism. Destruction is the effort of bringing randomity into an area.
Optimum survival behavior consists of effort in the maximum survival interest in everything concerned in the dynamics.
The optimum survival solution of any problem would consist of the highest attainable survival for every dynamic concerned.
The worth of any organism consists of its value to the survival of its own THETA along any dynamic.
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